What’s For Dinner? (No 85)

What's For Dinner

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We’ve most likely sold our house, barring any unforeseen complications, so I’m going to take it easy with the menu the next couple of weeks or more.  Going to try to make it easy on myself while I pack, clean and move.

1-
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Sweet Potato Fries (Ore Ida)
Green Beans

 2-
Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
Garlic Bread (frozen)
Salad

 3-
Pizza (frozen)

 4-

Chili Chicken Enchiladas
Salad

 5-
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
Twice Baked Potatoes
Salad

 Dessert:  Apple Pie

 More menu ideas are available here and
Tons of recipes are available here

Comments

  1. Amy Hackbarth says:

    My first thought was how exciting as I love to go looking at houses (everything else not so much). I hope you don’t have to move too far from the grandkids. Thanks for your blog it has been very helpful the past month or so (since I have been introduced). Looking forward to trying the balsamic chicken – which reminds me that I need to pull it out of the freezer!

    • Thanks, Amy. Looking at houses if fun. For the time being, we’re moving IN with the grandkids!!! Yep, that’s right. We don’t have a house to move to yet and only 3 weeks until we move so we’re moving into their spare bedroom until we find a house – unless it takes too long. We’ve all lived together before so I don’t expect any problems. But it will still be very different for us not having our own house. In 32 years of marriage, this is a first.

      You’ll love the balsamic chicken. It was really good.

  2. Good luck on your move! I always love your ideas. I may be scouring them for some simple ideas for my son. He’s in his last year of college and is a busy musician/student. He wants to prepare some meals, so I’m going to create a monthly meal plan for him using simple recipes and things that don’t take a lot of time. If you have any suggestions, send them my way! I’ll be writing a post about it!

    • Jane, my best suggestions for easy meals for a single guy with little time are: 1) spaghetti and meat sauce with frozen garlic bread and bagged salad; 2) BBQ chicken sandwiches are easy especially coupled with green beans and frozen fries; 3) there are tons of pizza shells you can buy and then put your own toppings on or use the refrigerated pizza crust. I also have a recipe for homemade pizza dough that doesn’t have to rise and can be made ahead and frozen – if he’s into that; 4) pancakes & eggs or egg sandwiches; 5) quesadillas using any & all fillings you can think of; 6) using frozen bread dough, rolling it out, and then putting turkey or ham, cheese and veggies, rolling it up and baking; 7) there are a lot of great pre-made marinades that can be used for chicken and then cook it on the grill, on a George Foreman or in the oven; 8) hamburgers on the grill are always easy; 9) My Southwest Chicken & Vegetables is easy; 10) tacos; 11) I have a recipe for SImple Chicken Italiano that is pasta, veggies & chicken – really easy and quick!

  3. Contratulations on the sale of your home. I hope the move goes smooth and you are not going to be far from your children and grandchildren. I just can’t seem to tell you enough how much I appreciate your blog. You are such an inspiration for me, especially when it comes to menu planning. I have shared my struggles with you and I am taking small steps in resolving the obstacles that I seem to put in front of myself. I am an organized shopper and always have something to cook in the house, but deciding what to cook is my challenge. My hubby and I have been having a brief conversation in the evening….just a hey, what would you like to eat tomorrow night?….and that has done wonders. I still have a long way to go, but I finally feel that I am making progress. As always, thanks so much for sharing your insight.

    • Donna, so glad to hear you’re making progress with menu planning. It’s such a relief not to have to stress about it when you’re trying to prepare it!!! I’ve done that a couple of times when I didn’t make a menu or life got crazy and I hate it! I know some people can just open up the refrigerator and magically throw some amazing meal together but I’m not one of them. I have to plan ahead.

      Thank you for the kind words about the blog and for being a loyal reader.

  4. Congratulations on the house sale! Menu planning is so smart, no matter how you do it. I used to plan a meal per day for each day of the week, then found we had way too much between leftovers and days where we might get a sudden invite to someone’s parents house or out to dinner, whatever. Now I plan no more than four or five meals for a week’s time and we think about leftovers very intentionally – will they be used for lunches, frozen for another night, or left in the fridge intentionally for a second evening that week? We are doing much better this way. I’ve also started planning our meals around our vegetables from our CSA, rather than adding veggies as an afterthought. It’s made a great deal of difference – not only do we use our produce, rather than waste it, but the focus of our meals has turned much more toward the fresh produce as the primary menu-driver.
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    • I used to plan 7 meals a week, too – but now I do 5. Sometimes 5 is still too many. It’s hard to know since the schedule is so unpredictable.

      We use our leftovers, too -but we aren’t as intentional as you are. I didn’t realize it but there are a lot of people who won’t eat leftovers. We love them!

      That’s great that you’re using more fresh produce. That’s a healthy way to eat. Maybe when we get settled into our new home I’ll look into participating in something like that.

      Thanks for sharing, Lisa.

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